Jenifer picks up pace, leads way for Warriors

January 08, 1995|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,Contributing Writer

It wasn't the way Anton Jenifer's senior season should have started.

In Walbrook's season-opening 85-59 victory over Northwestern at the Tip-Off Mixer at Lake Clifton, Jenifer scored a game-high 39 points.

One problem. A teammate was mistakenly credited with the points in the official score book.

"I was upset a little at first," said Jenifer. "But I have learned to keep my head straight and everything will work out."

Things have worked out quite nicely for Jenifer, a 5-foot-9 shooting guard, especially against opposing defenses this season.

In eight games, Jenifer is averaging 23.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists for the Warriors (7-2).

"He has always been a scorer," said Walbrook coach Gus Herrington. "He's in his fourth year in the program and he's playing like a senior should play. Hopefully, he'll continue."

Outside of a 12-point performance against Dunbar in an 104-83 loss on Dec. 10 at the Tip-Off Mixer, Jenifer has been there in the crucial moments for Walbrook.

In the next game against Carver on Dec. 13, the Warriors trailed by 13 points at halftime, but Jenifer rallied them to a 69-64 triumph, scoring 29 points.

Three days later against Dunbar of Washington, then ranked No. 2 by the Washington Post, Jenifer scored a game-high 27, including a three-point play with 1:59 remaining in the game, breaking a tie at 67. The Warriors went on for a 76-69 victory.

Jenifer's scoring has helped remove some of the burden off of teammate Travone Broadway, the Warriors' leading scorer last season.

"His attitude has improved and really gets the team pumped," said Broadway, who is averaging 18.8 points and 5.2 rebounds. "He has the mentality of a shooter, he keeps shooting no matter if they're falling or not."

Jenifer developed his shooting skills playing recreation ball at St. Edwards under Pierre Johnson. When he was 13, Jenifer had 15 three-pointers in a summer league game against Oliver Recreation Center.

This past summer, Jenifer played with his teammates at the Craig Cromwell League, Cloverdale and the Baltimore City Police League. Jenifer also played in an unlimited league at St. Edwards. Once known as just a shooter, Jenifer has become an excellent ballhandler and tough defender.

"I wasn't doing anything for the past couple of summers," said Jenifer. "When I did play, I was slow and thinking too much. No matter how good you think you are there's somebody better."

University of Maryland Eastern Shore and St. Mary's have expressed interest in Jenifer, who said he will take the SAT next month.

Herrington said Jenifer is rapidly earning a place with some of best guards to come out of Walbrook like Devin Boyd (Towson State), Darrell Owens (Nevada-Reno), Kevin McDaniel (South Alabama) and Andre Boyd (Robert Morris).

"His future is ahead of him," said Herrington. "He can be his own worst enemy. He controls his destiny. He can go as far as we wants to go."

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